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November 1st, 2013

Cuban blogger uses technology to break information blockade

CDDRL in the news

On October 28, Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sánchez addressed a crowd of over 100 during a special event hosted by CDDRL's Program on Liberation Technology. Sánchez described to the audience how technology allows her to narrate the harsh realities of the closed island nation of Cuba to the world. Read more »

October 15th, 2013

Constitute project goes online

CDDRL Announcement

The Constitute Project is a tool for those engaged in projects for amending constitutions or writing a new one by enabling people to explore how other constitutions of the world handled similar challenges. Read more »

March 4th, 2013

Stanford conference to explore right to information and technology

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Announcement

On March 11-12, the Program on Liberation Technology at CDDRL is convening a conference to examine digital tools and their impact on the development of democratic development. Hosted in partnership with U.C. Berkeley’s Data and Democracy Initiative, the two-day conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers. Read more »

October 26th, 2012

In Kenyan slum, mobile phones pinpoint better water

CDDRL, FSI Stanford News

An innovative course at Stanford is designing mobile phone platforms that help improve living conditions in Kenya's largest slums. Part of CDDRL's Program on Liberation Technology at the Freeman Spogli Institute, the course teams students up with local organizations to co-create technology projects that address clean water, sanitation and safety issues. Read more »

September 12th, 2012

LibTech seminar series returns this fall


The Liberation Technology Seminar Series at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is back fall quarter with an exciting set of speakers. In light of the U.S. election season, the series will kick off with Daniel Kreiss who has worked extensively on technology and politics in the United States. Read more »

August 30th, 2012

Exploring new technologies at Stanford to monitor human rights

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, PHR, Program on Liberation Technology News

Teaming up with the Brookings Institution and Google, CDDRL hosted a workshop to bring together four United Nations special rapporteurs, civil society activists, technologists and government donors to brainstorm how to best pair human rights monitors with the technology they need to be more effective in their work. Read more »

March 8th, 2012

Helen Nissenbaum evaluates concerns about online privacy


New York University Professor Helen Nissenbaum outlined her approach to evaluating concerns about pervasive loss of online privacy at the March 8 Liberation Technology Seminar. +VIDEO+ Video available
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March 1st, 2012

Joshua Blumenstock explores economic shock impacts using “big data”


During the Liberation Technology Seminar on March 1, Joshua Blumenstock, a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Information, demonstrated the use of “big data” to explore the economic impact of mobile phone technologies in sub-Saharan Africa. +VIDEO+ Video available
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February 16th, 2012

Stanford Knight journalism fellows share technology ideas


During the Feb. 16 Liberation Technology Seminar, five teams from Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship program shared their ideas on using technology to push the boundaries of journalism. Read more »

February 9th, 2012

Kathleen Reen discusses Internet security and safe computing


Kathleen Reen, vice president for Asia and New Media programs at Internews, delivered the Feb. 9 Liberation Technology Seminar on the topic of "Strategies and Support for a Global Open Internet." Read more »

February 4th, 2012

Are the days of web surfing over?


In an opinion piece for The New York Times on Feb. 4, Evgeny Morozov declares the days of cyberspace exploration over, snuffed out by the world of social media and search engine optimization. Read more »

January 19th, 2012

David Wolman discusses young activists in Egypt


On Jan. 19, David Wolman contributing editor to Wired magazine, presented his new book The Instigators about Egypt’s youth activists at the Liberation Technology Seminar Series. +VIDEO+ Video available
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January 12th, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon on how the Internet should be structured and governed


Rebecca MacKinnon, the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, delivered the inaugural lecture for the Liberation Technology Seminar Series on Jan. 12 on the topic of Internet freedom and governance. +VIDEO+ Video available
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January 1st, 2012

LibTech seminar series, winter quarter


The Liberation Technology Seminar Series for the winter quarter features an impressive array of speakers. Read more »

December 8th, 2011

Klingner discusses Martus, a free and open source software program


Jeff Klingner, computer science consultant at Benetech, delivered Dec. 8 Liberation Technology Seminar on the topic of collecting, protecting, and analyzing human rights data. +VIDEO+ Video available
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December 1st, 2011

Two approaches to debates on technology and democracy: Evgeny Morozov


On Dec. 1, Evgeny Morozov visiting scholar at CDDRL's Program on Liberation Technology delivered a seminar on the current state of the Internet and the democracy debate after the Arab Spring. +VIDEO+ Video available
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November 17th, 2011 uses mobile technology for social issues in Kenya


The November 17 Liberation Technology Seminar was co-hosted by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), a nonpartisan economic policy research organization that unites remarkable economic talent from all parts of Stanford University. This seminar featured four student-led design projects that were created in the Designing Liberation Technologies course taught each spring at Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( by professors' Josh Cohen and Terry Winograd. Read more »

November 10th, 2011

O’Brien aims at protecting online journalists


Danny O'Brien led the Nov. 10 Liberation Technology seminar on the topic, “Reports from the Bleeding Edge: What Journalism in Syria, China and Iran tell us about Silicon Valley's Future”. O'Brien is the Internet Advocacy Coordinator at Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which was founded in New York in 1981 with the aim of defending individual journalists worldwide. +VIDEO+ Video available
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November 3rd, 2011

Kim states technology enables the right to education


Paul Kim, the assistant dean for technology & CTO at Stanford University's School of Education, led the Nov. 3 Liberation Technology Seminar Series on “Global Inequalities, Achievement Gaps, and Mobile Innovations.” Kim has been reconceptualizing the whole education system, with a particular focus on the education of children in deprived areas. +VIDEO+ Video available
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October 31st, 2011

LibTech Program is building an interactive database of the world's constitutions


The Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law is building a ‘Constitution Explorer’ website that will host a structured database of constitutions to enable people to compare and contrast other countries' constitutions as they undergo their own national projects for constitutional change. Read more »

October 27th, 2011

Gregory and Nunez discuss the use of video cameras in human rights work


Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS
 and Bryan Nunez, technology manager at Witness, delivered the Oct. 27 Liberation Technology seminar entitled, “Cameras Everywhere: Meeting the Challenges at the intersection of Human Rights, Video and Technology.” +VIDEO+ Video available
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October 20th, 2011

Srinivasan speaks to using social media to create connections


Ramesh Srinivasan, assistant professor at UCLA in design and media/information studies, delivered the Oct. 20 Liberation Technology seminar. +VIDEO+ Video available
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October 13th, 2011

Stern discusses strengthening grassroots in Africa providing the “last mile”


In the October 13 seminar entitled, "The Last Mile: Grassroots Development and Technology in Africa” Joshua Stern, executive director of Envaya, and Jesse Young, CTO of Envaya, shared their insights into how software could be used to strengthen grassroots development in Africa. +VIDEO+ Video available
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October 6th, 2011

McLaughlin speaks on the expansion of the internet and its risks


Andrew McLaughlin, a lecturer at the Stanford Law School and the executive director of the Creative Commons delivered the inaugural lecture for the fall season of the Liberation Technology Seminar Series at the Center on Democracy, Develpoment and Rule of Law. +VIDEO+ Video available
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September 28th, 2011

Liberation Technology Seminar Series launches for the fall quarter


The Liberation Technology Seminar Series is set for an exciting fall quarter. Held on Thursdays from 4.30 to 6 pm at Wallenberg Theater, this 1-unit seminar course is co-taught by CDDRL director Larry Diamond and Professor of Computer Science Terry Winograd. Read more »

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Q&A: Larry Diamond's documentary on democracy activism
The documentary, for which Diamond was a producer, won high praise from critics and leaders like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Daily spoke with Diamond about the film’s origins, its critical reception and its future.
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Stanford Daily on February 4, 2013

How Obama Abandoned Bahrain's Democratic Reformers
Larry Diamond: "With the world watching other Middle East hotspots, the country's monarchy has continued suppressing anti-authoritarian dissidents -- and the White House has let it happen."
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Atlantic on January 9, 2013

Burma's Emerging Democracy
Stanford University democracy scholar Larry Diamond recently spent time in Burma meeting political parties, government officials and civil society groups. Author, editor or co-editor of 36 books on democracy, Diamond spoke to The Irrawaddy Reporter Simon Roughneen about the current transition in Burma.
Mention of Larry Diamond in The Irrawaddy News Magazine on July 24, 2012

In Search of the Hardware Behind the Cloud
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Why Hillary Clinton Should Join Anonymous
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Beware the unholy alliance of state and internet
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Mention of Evgeny Morozov in Financial Times (subscription) on April 3, 2012

How automated journalism and loss of reading privacy may hurt civil discourse
Evgeny Morozov: "If there is one unambiguous trend in how the Internet is developing today, it's the drive toward the personalization of our online experience."
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in Slate Magazine (blog) on March 19, 2012

Stanford announces commencement speakers
Alum Cory Booker, JD '96, mayor of Newark, N.J., will address graduates at Stanford's 121st Commencement June 17, the university announced. In other plans, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Larry Diamond will deliver a "final lecture" to the Class of 2012 as Class Day speaker June 16.
Mention of Larry Diamond in Stanford University News on February 7, 2012

Warning: This Site Contains Conspiracy Theories
Evgeny Morozov: "Does Google have a responsibility to help stop the spread of 9/11 denialism, anti-vaccine activism, and other fringe beliefs?"
Mention of Evgeny Morozov in Slate Magazine (blog) on January 30, 2012

The Dangers of Sharing
Evgeny Morozov reviews Lori Andrews', "I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy."
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